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Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Costume Tips: How to Paint Your Face Like a Rock Star

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Tony Nelson
This look might be difficult to recreate, but we've got some inspiration for you.

Halloween is upon us, music fans. Where did all that costume-making time go? Did you spend more on a pumpkin keg than you have for a spooky look? No worries. You're not the only one feeling the frightening fatigue of pumpkin-spiced everything.

Luckily, you can make a Halloween look on the cheap and easy with a little bit of face paint and a steady hand. Here's some easy inspiration so you can channel your inner rock star.

Photos by Tony Nelson

Yeah, we're getting Kiss out of the way early. It's classic, easy and you only need two colors: black and white (and sometimes silver and green, if you're feeling fancy). First, pick your poison -- do you want to be the Starchild or Spaceman? The Demon or the Ankh Warrior? How 'bout the Cat or the Fox? Your best bet to getting the outline you want is to use some eyeliner to freehand the design before your bust out the white foundation. Once you've got it, smear that clown-white paint all over (but not inside those outlines!), and finish off by filling in the outline with your jet-black paint.

Photos by Ryan Siverson

Insane Clown Posse

For some people, being a juggalo or juggalette is a way of life. For others, it's a super-easy Halloween costume. Black and white are the classic colors for this freaky, clown-inspired, face-paint extravaganza, but we've seen plenty of amazing and colorful Juggalos in our time. Like Kiss's makeup, you'll probably want to outline what'll soon become the black portions of your clown makeup first with eyeliner. Plus, outlining first leaves less room for the white makeup to peek through the black spots -- or turn 'em gray.

Aladdin Sane album cover (left), photo by Dave Eckblad (right)

David Bowie
There's plenty of inspiration to draw from David Bowie, but we're suckers for his iconic lightning bolt from Aladdin Sane. Unless you've got the steadiest hand ever, you'll probably want to cheat a little bit and use a piece of paper or a ruler to help you draw straight lines with eyeliner for that lightning bolt on your face. Remember to do a thin outer stripe of blue on the bolt, then a line of black, and then fill in the rest with bright red.

Screengrab from Glastonbury performance (left), photo by Tony Nelson (right)

Arcade Fire
Imagine you're wearing wrap-around sunglasses. Now, imagine those glasses are actually just paint. There you go, you're Win Butler. Get some black, and paint horizontally across your browline, then bring some triangles down around your eyes (like sunglasses, duh). Fill that all in with black paint (or eyeshadow, if you want a more delicate look), and finish off the look with white paint along the bottom of the triangles.

Screengrab from music video (left), photo by Dave Eckblad (right)

Gotye, a.k.a. just somebody we used to listen to. (We kid...he was pretty great on the Gatsby soundtrack.) For this intricate look, you'll need a lot of neutral colors -- see pinkish reds, maroons, etc. You can get a good gradient of colors by combining a little bit of red with various amounts of white for lighter hues and black for darker ones. Then find a point on your face where you want the epicenter of your angled face paint to sit. Start drawing polygons to your heart's content with some eyeliner, and fill 'em in with all those different shades. Bonus points if you can find someone to don a bob-cut wig and tag along with you as Kimbra.


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